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  • TOscar-nominated Indian Film Director Shekhar Kapur, who gained international recognition with the 1994 Bollywood film “Bandit Queen” which also went on to win the National Award for Best Feature Film, is going to make a film based on the 19th century Opium trade between British ...

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  • TRandi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media and sister of social media giant Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, described Pakistan as one of the friendliest countries during her address at AdAsia 2019 in Lahore. A video of Zuckerberg singing during the AdAsia 2019 has also gone viral on ...

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  • TTwo months after the International Monetary Fund approved a $6 billion loan to Pakistan, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved two loans to help the country to emerge from economic crisis. Two loans totalling $1.3 billion will be provided by the Manila-based bank to support “the ...

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  • TWorried parents found the school's encouragement problematic as it raises ethical concerns, bolsters fears of double standards, and reinforces the so-called “Greta phenomenon”. Students at Apalløkka school in Oslo have been encouraged to take part in a fictitious climate ...

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  • TThe Wall Street Journal broke the news earlier, citing sources that the US Department of Defence (DoD) was considering to authorize the deployment of additional 14,000 troops to the Middle East along with various military hardware to deter alleged Iranian threat in the region - the news which was ...

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  • TFormer Pakistani leader General Pervez Musharraf, who has been admitted to the American Hospital in Dubai due to his deteriorating health, said in a video message earlier this week that the case of high treason against him is baseless. A special court in Pakistan on Thursday announced it would ...

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  • TAn exclusive report by AP reveals that 629 girls and women across Pakistan were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China over the past two years. The list of 629 girls and women was obtained by AP and was compiled by Pakistani investigators looking into sex trafficking. It is believed that ...

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  • TThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an instrument for global capital based on white supremacist ideology and capitalism, Ajamu Baraka, national organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace, told Radio Sputnik’s By Any Means Necessary Wednesday. NATO is a military alliance between ...

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  • TA proposed legislation to be pushed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has evoked severe criticism for its “evidently communal nature”, highlighting the party's policy of excluding Muslims. However, Indian home minister Amit Shah has rejected such allegations in parliament. India's ...

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  • TThe Pakistani Army spokesperson has yet again held Twitter responsible for suspending users’ accounts. This comes after over 300 accounts were suspended in August for posting about the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status by the Indian parliament. Miffed by the large number of ...

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  • TThe House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has released its report on what it calls US President Donald Trump's "months-long effort" to use his powers of the office "to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 [presidential] election." The US House Democrats' report, ...

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  • TPakistani property tycoon Malik Riaz has agreed to pay UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) £190m in a settlement after eight UK bank accounts linked to him were frozen in August 2019. “The assets will be returned to the State of Pakistan,” the NCA said, referring to the ...

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  • TFormer singer Rabi Pizada shared pictures on Twitter of sketches she'd drawn of ships sailing under spooky blue skies. Rabi, who seems to have turned both religious and spiritual, added an equally fitting caption, hinting at the chaos of her life. The caption on Twitter reads: “And of His ...

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  • TRussia and Pakistan signed an agreement to settle mutual financial claims and obligations on operations of the former Soviet Union, according to which Pakistan will repay the debt to Russia in the amount of $93.5 million, a Russian news correspondent reported from the signing ceremony. On the part ...

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  • TThe Indian Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft was put into lunar orbit on 20 August. During the mission, the Vikram lander was supposed to target a patch of high ground between two craters, called Simpelius N and Manzinus C, as it attempted a soft-landing on the lunar surface, some 600 kilometers from the ...

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  • TUnder the second phase of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA), China will not charge any kind of duties on 313 new Pakistani products including textiles and meat products. Beijing's import bill for these 313 products is around $64 billion. China and Pakistan have implemented the second ...

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  • TEarlier, French President Emmanuel Macron criticised the current state of the alliance, calling it "brain dead" and sparking heated discussions over his comments. Not all of France's NATO allies agreed with its president's account of the state of the military bloc. French Minister of the Armies ...

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  • TStudent organisations in Pakistan had organised a countrywide student march on Friday to demand the revocation of a 35-year ban on student unions in colleges and university campuses.A day after the Students Solidarity March in Pakistan on Saturday, student activist Alamgir Wazir from the ...

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  • TUS President Donald Trump has paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino said on Thursday. A plane carrying the president, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien, a small group of aides and Secret Service agents, and a pool of ...

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  • TTheresa May reportedly gave up on the idea because she had doubts over whether the US would provide the support needed and whether the hostile parliament would approve such a move. The UK and France had discussed replacing American forces in Syria with an equal number of troops after Donald ...

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  • TA Brazilian court confirmed the charges and increased the sentence by five years for former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was released from prison earlier this month by the country’s Supreme Court. Lula was freed by the Brazilian Supreme Court on November 8 on the ...

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  • TThe Middle East remains turbulent, but the "one-sided policy" carried out by the United States only continues to worsen the crisis in the region, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong said on Wednesday, speaking at the Middle East Security Forum in Beijing. "The United States, having ...

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  • TFacebook was the mystery “Party A” revealed in an SEC filing that bid several times to acquire health wearables maker Fitbit and outbid Google, including a best and final offer of $7.30 per share, people familiar with the matter told CNBC. Google announced its intentions to acquire ...

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  • TThe fund will be aimed at strengthening trade and economic ties between Russia and China, promoting Russian business in Guangdong, and encouraging Guangdong's companies to enter the Russian market. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF) and the ...

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  • TThe chair of the House Intelligence Committee, which is heading the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, said in a Monday letter the committee would submit its first report to the Judiciary Committee after the Thanksgiving holiday recess. "As required under House Resolution 660, the ...

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  • TUS Secretary of Defence Mark Esper on Sunday fired US Secretary of Navy Richard Spencer over his controversial handling of Navy Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher' case, an elite soldier earlier demoted and accused of committing war crimes in 2017. US President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that ...

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  • TFormer US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Friday gained access to his Twitter account that had been suspended by the Trump administration after the former departed the White House in September. In September, the US president said that he had asked Bolton to resign because his services were ...

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  • TBolivia's interim government opened a criminal case against former President Evo Morales on Friday, interim Interior Minister Arturo Murillo announced. On Wednesday, Murillo showed reporters a video clip of Morales allegedly giving instructions to instigate recent protests against the ...

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  • TWashington and Beijing are still discussing phase one of a trade deal after being engaged in a lengthy trade war, slapping several rounds of additional tariffs and restrictions on each other. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday stressed that his nation is ready to fight the US in a trade ...

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  • TUS Secretary of Defence Mark Esper earlier criticized Beijing's policies in the South China Sea, accusing the nation of jeopardizing regional stability and adding that the US will maintain its routine military presence in the region "to demonstrate the seriousness" of these commitments. A US Navy ...

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